Accident Sikorsky S-76C N781P, 24 Sep 2012
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 287348
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Time:15:45 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic S76 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Sikorsky S-76C
Owner/operator:Phi Inc
Registration: N781P
MSN: 760630
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Theodore, Alabama -   United States of America
Phase: Taxi
Departure airport:Bayou La Batre, AL (2AL4)
Destination airport:Houma-Terrebonne Airport, LA (HUM/KHUM)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The pilot reported that during a hover-taxi maneuver, the tail rotor made contact with the main rotor blade of a parked helicopter that was tied down. The taxiing helicopter sustained substantial damage to the tail rotor blades. The pilot did not report and postaccident examination did not reveal any preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures that would have precluded normal operation.

Probable Cause: The pilot's failure to maintain adequate obstacle clearance while taxiing.



Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 8 months
Download report: Final report

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04-Oct-2022 09:58 ASN Update Bot Added

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